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Rustbelt Radio for October 12, 2009
by Pittsburgh Indymedia: Rustbelt Radio Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009 at 12:07 AM

On today's show... * County Executive Onorato's Gubernatorial Announcement is Marred by Protest * National protests denounce 8 years of occupation in Afghanistan * We investigate who is responsible for the pollution that killed Dunkard Creek. * A special archival Word on the Street segment on Columbus Day in Pittsburgh * And more in our local and global headlines

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Rustbelt Radio for October 12, 2009

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Welcome to this week's edition of Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's weekly review of the news from the grassroots, news overlooked by the corporate media.

On today's show...

Rustbelt Radio is broadcast live from WRCT studios every other Monday at 6 PM on 88.3 FM in Pittsburgh, and the program airs again on WRCT every Tuesday morning at 9AM.

We can also be heard weekly on the following stations:

We're also available on the internet, both on WRCT's live webstream at W-R-C-T dot ORG and for download, stream or podcast from our website at radio dot I-N-D-Y-P-G-H dot org.

We turn now to local stories.


Local News

[8:50] 2.3 Million and Rising

Now, Fed up, Pittsburgh's chapter of the Human Rights Coalition, brings us this week's report on the prison industrial complex: (8:42)

[12:25] Onorato's Gubernatorial Announcement Marred by Protest

[6:25] Columbus Day Word on the Street- Archive Segment

In 2007, Rustbelt Radio reporter Diane Amdor hit the streets of Pittsburgh during the annual Columbus Day Parade. She asked local people about their thoughts on this national holiday. Today we bring you this Word on the Street segment, from our October 8th, 2007 episode:


For more on local news, you can visit pittsburgh dot I-N-D-Y-M-E-D-I-A dot org.

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You're listening to Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's weekly review of news from the grassroots.

[10:00] 8 Years in Afghanistan

As we enter the ninth year of the occupation of Afghanistan, dozens of actions were carried out across the country to call for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In New York City, two members of the New York City War Resisters League (WRL) were arrested at an anti-war demonstration in the Grand Central Station. Ed Hedemann was arrested by four officers as he attempted to drop a banner with the words "Afghanistan" and "Enough" from a staircase, while Eric Laursen was apprehended for "disorderly conduct" after following the officers who were arresting Hedemann. At least 60 people were present at that action holding anti-war signs and pictures of crying children. As well as others, carrying flag-draped coffins as they chanted, "Bring the troops home, now alive!" and "Hey Obama, end the wars now!"

In 25 campuses across the country, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) organized a national day of action on Wednesday, October 7th. In Washington, DC demonstrators stormed buildings that house lobbying groups for oil companies such as Chevron and Shell, and the private military company, Blackwater. From teach-ins in Houston, to skits in Minnesota, to a rallies in Florida, North Carolina, and else where. And in Rochester, NY where a “Funk the War” protest by Rochester SDS drew dozens into the streets demanding an end to the occupations and an end to militarization of schools ended violently. Almost 30 police cars interrupted the peaceful protest and began shoving students and community members, threatening them with batons, and spraying them with pepper spray. The police arrested 12 protestors, 2 of whom had to go to the hospital for injuries caused by police brutality.

And in Washington, DC, an estimated 500 demonstrators gathered in front of the White House on October 5th. Some demonstrators put on orange jumpsuits representing detainees in Guantanamo. Few boldly sat in stress positions, sat inside mock cages, and even demonstrated the gruesome practice of waterboarding. There was also a "March of the Dead" winding through the crowd wearing white masks and carrying the names of dead U.S. service people and Iraqi and Afghan war victims. Veterans for Peace carried large American and Peace flags and had a procession with three coffins - each draped with the flag of the US, Iraq and Afghanistan - representing those killed in war. Sixty-one of the demonstrators were arrested for failing to obey a police order to clear the sidewalk area.

Let's listen to some of the voices from the protest:

[15:45] Dunkard creek fish kill


Calendar of Events

And now we present the Indymedia Calendar of Events:

Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee. For more info and registration visit Students for Justice in Palestine at: Or email at: sjp.pitt @

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Thanks for tuning in to Rustbelt Radio here on WRCT Pittsburgh, WPTS Pittsburgh, WNJR Washington, and WIUP Indiana.

Our hosts this week are [ ] and [ ] with contributions from Carlin Christy, Diane Amdor, Jessica McPherson, Seth Bearden, Kara Holsopple, Lizzie Anderson, Khalid Harun and Juliana Stricklen. This week's show was produced by Shawn Watson. Special thanks to all of our hosts, producers, and contributors.

You can get involved with Rustbelt Radio! To contact us, or to send us your comments, email RADIO at I-N-D-Y-P-G-H dot ORG. All of our shows are available for download or podcast on our website at RADIO dot INDY-P-G-H dot ORG and this show can be heard again Tuesday morning on WRCT at 9 AM after Democracy Now!

Tune in next week at this time for another edition of Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's weekly review of news from the grassroots.

Rustbelt Radio for October 12, 2009
by Pittsburgh Indymedia: Rustbelt Radio Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009 at 12:07 AM

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